Q: We are remoldeing our new home. We have had a lot of advice from a lot of different people. We are redoing almost everything...
we are laying new laminate flooring, putting on new trim, painting, putting in a whole new kitchen...
The question is do we paint the trim, lay the floor, put the trim on and then paint the walls. We were told this is the best so we dont ding up our walls.
But this does not make sense to me because why would you risk your new floor...
A: My way
Painting the trim first that is going to go down on a new floor is always the best way to go. Usually I have the trim delivered to the site and let the painters get a good coat of finish on the trim before it is even cut. At the same time, I usually have the painters do their prep work and put the first coat of the finish color on the walls. Once that is done, we lay the floor and then install the trim. The trim is caulked and the nail holes filled. Then at this point the painter can come back and put the final coat on the walls and trim. I have found this to be the best way to ensure all surfaces are completed with perfection. No matter how careful you are, you are bound to put either a scuff or mark on the wall while installing the floor, it always happens. Plus the trim usually needs to be caulked to the wall after it is installed over the new floor.
Andrew M. Pellak Jr
A. M. Pellak Construction, LLC
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